Fourth-year Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) student Alannah Franich has been recognized for her passion and work in improving the health disparities of regional rural and remote communities.
After receiving the highest overall achievement for a rural placement, Alannah was awarded the 2022 Alive Pharmacy Rural Practice Award at this year’s JCU Pharmacy Awards night.
“I feel so humbled and happy to be acknowledged for my commitment to providing healthcare to rural and remote communities,” Alannah said.
Growing up in the Far North Queensland town of Tully gave Alannah an insight into some of the issues of accessing healthcare in a rural setting.
“I have had first-hand experience with how difficult it can be to access healthcare, especially in a timely manner. I remember as kids, Mum took us into our local pharmacy to get advice on what she should do. I suppose I began to develop a great appreciation of the services and education a pharmacist provides.”
JCU’s reputation for producing highly sought-after, work-ready graduates with an emphasis on regional, rural, remote, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health meant that it was the most appealing option for Alannah.
“Knowing that JCU is focused on and committed to addressing the shortage of health professionals in regional, rural, and remote Australia made the decision to study Pharmacy at JCU easy. It couldn’t have been a more perfect fit!”